In this photo: Come see (l-r) Hal Howard, Sharon Ludwig, Sophia Aldous, Geno Ludwig, George Eberth, Ian Manycolors and the rest of the cast of “An Adventure in a Small Town” opening this Friday, May 18, 2012.
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The Stevens County Commissioners will hold a hearing on Monday, June 4, 2012, at 6 p.m. to consider proposed changes to Stevens County Ordinance No. 05-2010, the Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) ordinance.
Proposed changes include opening all county roads and rights of way within Stevens County under the Board’s jurisdiction except those lying south of Hwy. 291 in southern Stevens County. The hearing will be held at the Chewelah Civic Center located on the north side of Chewelah City Hall (301 E. Clay Ave.; Chewelah, Washington) – best access is from Webster Avenue. Any interested party may attend said hearing and give testimony for or against the proposed amendment(s).
For more information or for information with regard to accessibility or notification of an ADA accommodation, contact the Stevens County Commissioners’ Office located at 230 E. Birch in Colville; by mail at 215 S. Oak, Colville, WA 99114; firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 684-3751.
Everyone is invited to Fiddlers on the Peak – Fiddle and Pickin’ Contest June 1st and 2nd at the Chewelah Peak Learning Center. The weekend will get started on Friday afternoon with fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar workshops. Then Friday evening we will be having a dinner and our Entertainment Division with groups and individuals vying to win based on Musicianship, Costume, Stage Presence, and Audience Response.
It will definitely be an evening that you will not want to miss. Please come and enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by Chef Dan Delcupp and then be entertained by several different performances.
Dinner tickets are available at Valley Drug or by calling 936-1545. Tickets are $19.95 for an adult plate or $9.95 for a child’s plate and include a dinner of barbecued pork spare ribs, chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, corn on the cob, dinner roll, double chocolate brownie for dessert and the show. The dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the show will get started at 7 p.m. If you would like to come only for the show, tickets will be available at the door for $5 per person or $15 for the family.
Saturday morning will get off to an early start with registration at 8 a.m. and then the fiddling will get started at 9 a.m. There will be fiddling all morning and then after a break for lunch, there will some flat pickin’ music as the Pickin’ Contest gets underway. After the preliminary pickin’ round, the final fiddle rounds will be played, and then the final pickin’ rounds after dinner break. We will also have the judges play, which is always a real treat. There will be a lot of music all day so please come and enjoy it.
In case you’re wondering, what is a fiddle contest anyway? A fiddle contest is a fun, family event where musicians get together to compete, play music together, and have a lot of fun. The competition is broken up into different age groups (or divisions). There are two rounds of competitions and for each round, the fiddler plays three songs: a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice. The competitors are scored by a panel of judges on timing, dance ability, fiddling ability, and intonation. The scores are then added and the top five scorers are moved on to the second round of competition. After completing the final round, first through fifth places are then awarded.
Another fun aspect of the competition is the Accompanist Division. Each fiddler is allowed up to three accompanists to play rhythm during their rounds. Usually the accompanists play guitar, but some play mandolin, banjo, or stand-up base. During the fiddle contest, the accompanists are also competing. Every time they are on stage backing someone up, it is keep track of and whoever is up there the most is the winner. Every accompanist is greatly appreciated – a contest just wouldn’t be the same without them.
At the Fiddlers on the Peak Contest there will also be a contest for those who play flat picking style on the guitar, mandolin, banjo, etc. This portion of the contest is referred to as the Pickin’ Contest. The Pickin’ Contest also has two rounds, but a picker only has to play two songs, a fast song and a slow song for their first round. And they only have to play one song for their second round. They are also scored on the same things as the fiddlers by a panel of judges.
So, whether you play an instrument and you would like to compete or you would just like to come to listen and observe, please plan on spending your first weekend of June up at the Peak with us. And please visit our website at http://www.fiddlersonthepeak.com.
We would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses who have already sponsored this event. An event like this is not possible without sponsorship. We are still in need of more sponsorship, so if you or your business is interested in helping this event happen, please contact us at 936-1545.
Submitted by: Steve McNeil
In this Photo: A Fiddle and Pickin’ contest will take place at Chewelah Peak Learning Center June 1-2.
In this photo: Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2047 Commander Dale Storer (left) presents an award for Meritorious and Distinguished Service to Chewelah Safeway store Manager Rick Dubigk and Assistant Manager Clint Dahl on Friday, May 11. Storer said they wanted to honor the store for all they do to support local organizations, including the VFW. Dubigk accepted the award and said that the store and its employees enjoy helping the various service organizations in the community, such as the Lions Club and Girl Scouts, as well as the VFW. Jared Arnold photo
The public is encouraged to check family members’ gravesites for missing grave markers as there have been several reports of theft and vandalism at Chewelah and Valley area cemeteries.
The Forest Center Cemetery Association in Valley reported vandalism on April 30 when they noticed trees were uprooted, the flag was stolen, headstones were tipped or broken, and nine and a half gravestones were missing.
Terry L. Verhaag, 48, of Valley, was found to be in possession of over 70 gravestones and markers on his property. He has been charged with three counts of Unlawful Removal of Grave Markers.
According to media reports, Verhaag was originally arrested for disorderly conduct outside the Chewelah Safeway on May 1. Authorities then noticed the stolen items in Verhaag’s truck and obtained a search warrant.
Jim Myers, Forest Center Cemetery Association president, said that when the authorities had come to return the stones, they discovered they did not all belong at that cemetery and other cemeteries were victim of the same crime.
The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this case.
In this Photo: Two Chewelah Pioneer Cemetery headstones tipped over.
Several plant varieties will be for sale at the annual Chewelah FFA Plant Sale on May 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the JHS Green House (702 East Lincoln).
The FFA pushed their “Mother’s Day” sale back a week as they just returned from the FFA state convention in Pullman. Plants include geraniums, lavender, hanging baskets, petunias, and veggie starts. They also have more herbs available than in previous years and cedar planters for sale as well.
In addition, students will have a booth at the Chewelah Farmers Market on Friday, May 18 as a second selling location.
Stop by and support the Chewelah FFA Chapter and the Jenkins High School Agricultural Education Department.
In conjunction with the FFA fundraiser, the JHS Special Olympics team will be holding a bake sale and yard sale in the adjacent parking lot on May 19. They will be raffling off an FFA hanging basket and other items.
In the Photo: The Jenkins High School Horticulture students help take care of the plants now ready for the Chewelah FFA Plant Sale to be on May 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kellie Trudeau photo
Six Chewelah golfers have advanced to compete in this week’s bi-district tournament at Chelan. Five members of the Cougar boys’ team and one member of the girls’ team hit the ball well enough at the league and district levels of post-season play to make the cut.
Clint Long, Josh Olson, Dylan Long, Nic Grimm and Matthew Chalmers will represent the Chewelah boys in Chelan. Morgan Farrington will be representing the Cougar girls.
Qualifying for the bi-district tournament was a two-step process for Northeast A League golfers. The scores from the league tournament in Colville the previous week were added to the scores from last Wednesday’s district match at Stoneridge for qualifying.
Morgan Farrington led the girls’ team with an 18-hole score of 105. Her two-day total of 200 placed her in fifth place.
Hannah Johnson shot her personal best score of 111 for a total of 237 placing her fourteenth overall on the reader board. Amanda Pugh also shot her best score of the season with a 121. Her two-day total of 248 put her into eighteenth place to finish the season. However, neither girl made the cut going into the bi-district tournament this week.
As a team, the Chewelah girls finished in fifth place.
“I just wish the spring season was a little bit longer,” said Coach Brian Harting. “The girls have made tremendous progress in their ball striking the last four weeks. Their scores are dropping and they are having a lot more fun.”
Clint Long shot an impressive round of 75 at Stoneridge to go along with his 85 the previous week. His combined total placed him third at the district tournament.
“Clint started the back nine with birdies on #10 and #11, which gave him a lot of confidence the rest of the round,” noted Harting. “He played the back nine even par.”
Josh Olson shot 86 at Stoneridge and his two-day total of 163 was good enough for fifth place.
“Josh wrecked on his scooter over the weekend and scraped himself up pretty good,” Harting explained. “He has a fairly large scrape on the palm of his right hand, and it made it difficult to the hold the club correctly.
“Josh started the first hole with a 9, hitting two shots out-of bounds. But, he pulled himself together well enough through the front side and ended up shooting 37 on the back.”
Dylan Long came in with an 84 for a total of 165 and a ninth place finish.
“Like Josh, Dylan found the out-of-bounds a few too many times,” said Harting. “In between, he played very well.
Nic Grimm shot a 178 for fourteenth place and Matthew Chalmers 179 to finish fifteenth.
The Cougar boys finished in second place in the team standings.
“The scores at Stoneridge were a little higher than up in Colville,” Harting said. “The wind was really blowing last Wednesday and the kids had a pretty tough time with club selection. Deciding how much the gusts were going to affect the ball made it even more difficult. The weather next week in Chelan is supposed to be great.
“I like the way the kids are playing right now. I think we have a great chance to get several kids to state next week in Tacoma. Hopefully, it will work out for them. They have been practicing hard and working on the individual skills necessary to lower their scores.
“I told them in February that it’s all about one day in May. Tuesday is that “one day”.
By Geno Ludwig The Independent Staff
In this photo: Morgan Farrington, Clint Long, Matthew Chalmers, Nic Grimm, Josh Olson, and Dylan Long were headed to Chelan for the bi-district tournament on Tuesday, May 15.
GOD Fearing Brothers Auto Center has relocated their Auto Sales division to 2100 Hwy 395 in Chewelah, adjacent to the football and athletic fields. This move multiplies the exposure of their inventory of cars, trucks, SUVs and vans to the thousands of potential customers traveling Highway 395 through Chewelah daily.
Manager Carl Pickens said the move of the sales division has been anticipated since 2008 when GOD Fearing Brothers first acquired the twelve bay automotive repair shop at 806 East Main in Chewelah. He said the East Main shop is a good location for an automotive repair facility, but the Highway 395 corridor has the advantage when it comes to vehicles sales.
Their inventory includes a mix of older and newer models, with prices ranging from $3,400 for a Buick Regal to $46,500 for a luxury sport AWD Acura MDX. Financing is available through an unlimited number of banks, credit unions and other financial institutions. In-house financing is offered as well.
Pickens said he seeks out low miles, clean cars and trucks, so if you are in the market for one, or desire to sell one, stop in and see him. You can also see their inventory offered online at www.Godfearingbrothers.com.
Pickens will be managing the Auto Sales Division while Nick Lasko manages the East Main shop, which offers collision repair, auto body and paint, brake service, tires, alignments, speedy lube, electrical and computer diagnostics and repair, as well as mechanical repair on diesel and gas automotive engines.
GOD Fearing Brothers is owned and operated by Carl and Juanitta Pickens, and Nick and Alicia Lasko. It has been in the automotive repair business since 1998 and has been a licensed Dealer since 2001.
The Auto Sales Division is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Contact GOD Fearing Brothers at 509-935-6414.
In the Photo: Carl Pickens stands behind a 2008 Ford Mustang available for sale at the Auto Sales division of God Fearing Brothers, now located at 2100 Highway 395. Jared Arnold photo
General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Washington State is pleased to announce Jackie Hilzinger as their first place scholastic winner for 2012. The scholarship in the amount of $2,000 was announced at the GFWC state convention in Olympia on April 22. Jackie was nominated for this scholarship by GFWC Chewelah Woman’s Club.
Jackie, who is a senior at Jenkins High School, plans to attend Eastern Washington University in the fall. She hopes to pursue a career as an occupational therapist so that she can help children with disabilities. Jackie is an honor student, who is active in FFA and is a Sunday School teacher for the preschool class at the United Church of Christ.
In the Photo: Jackie Hilzinger
The Chewelah Cougars will be sending eleven athletes to this Friday’s bi-district track meet in Cashmere as a result of their qualifying times, heights, and distances at Riverside last Saturday.
At the top of the list is senior hurdler Zach Schneider, who ran the 300-meter hurdles in 39.7 seconds at Saturday’s District 7 Meet to establish a new Jenkins High School record in this event. He erased the record formerly held by Mark Richardson, who ran the low hurdles in 39.98 seconds back in 1984.
Schneider also qualified in the 110-meter high hurdles by placing second in that event with a time of 15.29 seconds.
“Zach hit the second hurdle,” explained Coach Pat Kostecka, “but he quickly recovered and still finished second.”
Second on Kostecka’s list is senior thrower Makayla Earl, who won the discus on Saturday with a throw of 111’6″. She also qualified in both the javelin and the shot put. Her best javelin throw was measured at 106’2″ to place fourth. In the shot put, she placed third with a distance of 35’5″. So, Earl will compete at Cashmere in all three events.
Adam Collins overcame an injury and qualified in three events. He will compete at the bi-district meet in the high jump, the long jump, and the triple jump.
“Adam was in pain with a shin injury,” explained Kostecka. “Still, he was able to get the job done in all three of his events. Hopefully, he can heal by Friday.”
Also qualifying in the 300-meter low hurdles for the Cougars was McKenzie Miller. He finished fourth at Riverside by running a career-best time in this event. He also placed sixth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Another Cougar who set a personal record at the district meet was Chris Lambert, who placed third in the javelin with a throw measured at 143’4″.
“That was a nine-foot PR for Chris,” said Kostecka. “His previous best throw was 134 feet. Chris was in second place going into the finals. He finished in third place.”
Also qualifying in the shot put was Chewelah freshman Kaitlin Krouse. She placed sixth with a throw of 30’2″.
“Kaitlin was in seventh place, but she beat a girl on her final throw,” said Kostecka. “The top three places in all field events are going to the bi-district meet.”
Daneile Bradley had a good day at Riverside with a personal best in the 100-meter run, the high jump, and the long jump. Her long jump distance of 13’6″ qualified her for the bi-district meet.
Chewelah’s surprise entry into the upcoming meet is the 400-meter relay team, consisting of Stephen Zerr, Dustin Barber, Liam Brozik, and Blake Owens, which finished fourth.
“One of the teams dropped the baton in an exchange, and we got fourth place,” said Kostecka. “The shock in this is that most of these guys are throwers. I will probably put a couple of faster runners in this event between now and Friday to give us more speed.”
Zerr had a career-best effort in all of his events on Saturday.
“Every one of our 1600-meter runners also had a personal-best at the district meet,” said Kostecka.
They are James Gilreath, Ben Eminger, Moriah Hudson, Shawn Verzone, and Noah Thompson.
By Geno Ludwig The Independent Staff
In this photo: The JHS Track team traveled to the district tournament at Riverside on Saturday, May 12. The Cougars qualified 11 athletes to advance to the bi-district meet in Cashmere on Friday, May 18. Mara Schneider photo.